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Comment: Rural perspective (Score 1) 338

From personal experience in a rural setting, where the FM transmitters were tens of miles (or more) away, there was virtually no FM reception on my Moto G unless I had my earphones plugged in to act as an external antenna. So I guess add in a set of earphones to your Go bags.

Comment: Norway (Score 2) 105

by ThatsNotPudding (#49487067) Attached to: The Voting Machine Anyone Can Hack
I once asked a man visiting us at work from Norway what voting system they used. "Paper and pen and then we count them.", he said with a facial expression as if I'd asked him how he normally cooked his offspring for consumption.

You only need voting machines for one thing: FRAUD. Fuck the corporate-owned networks wanting a winner two minutes after the polls close; if it takes a few days to count manually marked paper ballots openly, fully, and properly, SO BE IT.

Comment: Insurance Companies (Score 1) 189

by ThatsNotPudding (#49484293) Attached to: The Car That Knows When You'll Get In an Accident Before You Do
No doubt research like this is being underwritten by insurance companies, whose lobbying arm will buy the politicians necessary to make this a legal requirement, along with some astroturfing sheeple moms: "Driving a car is a privilege, not a right! Won't someone think of the children!"

One more of our independencies snuffed out by the tech we thought would free us.

Comment: Re:FWIW (Score 1) 699

I'm a Christian, and I would prefer that there is no such thing as a 'religious' exemption from taxation.

We must go all the way: eliminate tax deductions for the religious institution of marriage. Government has no right in rewarding - to be blunt - Breeders (including adopters). We need *less* people, not *more*, FFS.

Comment: Consumer Mandate (Score 1) 72

This is a fantasy that will never happen in the US, but might in the EU: require computer hardware manufacturers and those that sell said merchandise to clearly and explicitly state the Revision Level of the actual piece being offered for sale, and what changed in the new revision. A lot of these folks treat that info like the family jewels, with no way of knowing what version you will end up with until it is actually in your hands. Why? So they don't have to recall / scrap / take a bath on the Rev 0 crap that is already in the pipeline that they know has issues, as evidenced by them moving on the Rev 1.

Comment: The most important App (Score 2) 489

by ThatsNotPudding (#49440159) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"
The most important app that you folks could make is one that just launching it, begins recording audio and video (along with GPS info) which is real-time streamed to the encrypted file storage holder of your choice (ACLU, EFF, Glen Greenwald, Anonymous, a BitTorrent service, etc.). It would also have local storage for later auto-upload if not a good enough signal at the time and gives the goons a false sense of security upon deleting / wiping / crushing the device. But the kicker is: neither those recording it, nor the device itself, will have the ability to delete the uploaded record.

"If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it..." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley, _The Forbidden Tower_

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